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Buford Williams correspondence with Elizabeth Leslie Roos,
SFH 464  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Buford Williams correspondence with Elizabeth Leslie Roos,
    Dates: 1918
    Collection Number: SFH 464
    Creator/Collector: Williams, Buford, 1891-1955.
    Extent: 1 folder (8 letters and four photo postcards)
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: Letters written by Americans in Camp Lewis, Washington and in France to a San Francisco resident
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    Buford Williams correspondence with Elizabeth Leslie Roos,. San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

    Acquisition Information

    Gift, 2017.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Buford Williams was born in Missouri and attended Stanford University, receiving his A. B. in Economics in January 1917. Further studies were put aside in April 1917 when he joined Stanford’s second unit in the American Ambulance Field Service. Williams and others from Base Hospital No. 30 returned to San Francisco May 14, 1919. Elizabeth Leslie Meyerfeld of San Francisco was married to Leon Lazare Roos; Leon’s brother, Major Robert A. Roos, commanded the 36th Company of the 166th Depot Brigade at Camp Lewis, Washington.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Eight manuscript letters written to Elizabeth (Leslie) Roos, San Francisco, and four photo postcards of the Base Hospital No. 30 officers and staff, American Ambulance Field Service, Royat, France, which Buford Williams was assigned to. Five letters are from Buford (Sonny), accompanied by two letters from “Bernard” at Camp Lewis, Washington, and one from Robert A. Roos, probably written from Camp Lewis: Bernard to Mrs. Roos, January 17, 1918, Camp Lewis, WA; Bernard P. M. to Leslie, February 13, 1918, Camp Lewis, WA; Sonny to Mrs. Roos, March 26, 1918, [Camp Merritt, NJ]; Buford to Mrs. Roos, May 21 [1918], Base Hospital No. 30, France; Yours Truly [Robert A. Roos] to Leslie, circa May 29 [1918]; Sonny to Mrs. Roos, July 9, 1918, Base Hospital No. 30, France; Buford to Mrs. Roos, [July 1918], Base Hospital No. 30, France; Sonny to Mrs. Roos, Monday [1919?].

    Indexing Terms

    World War, 1914-1918 – Personal narratives, American.
    Roos, Elizabeth Leslie, 1888-1977 -- Correspondence.
    Roos, Robert A., 1883-1951 -- Correspondence.
    Roos family.
    United States. Army. Base Hospital No. 30
    United States. Army. Depot Brigade, 166th
    American Field Service
    Camp Lewis (Wash.)